Stephen Parke

Dr. Stephen Parke, J.D., LL.M.

Associate Dean, Helms School of Government
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Office Hours
Mon., Wed., Fri. 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Tue., Thu. 1-2:30 p.m.

Or by appointment: Contact Melanie Lamm at
or (434) 592-3702.

Areas of Specialization

  • Terrorism
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Criminal Law
  • Judicial Process
  • Corrections

Professional Career

  • L.L.M., Military Law, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1994
  • Juris Doctorate, University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1985
  • Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, 1981
  • Resident, U.S. Army Command, and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1999
  • Professional Development Series, Emergency Management Institute, National Emergency Training Center, Emmetsburg, Maryland, 2005


Because of his duty in the military, Dr. Parke was engaged in the professional study of terrorism prior to Sept. 11, 2001. In 2001, Dr. Parke was a member of a Joint Task Force charged with responding to weapons of mass destruction on short notice. On Sept. 12, 2001, when there were no commercial planes flying, Dr. Parke flew into upstate New York (Stewart Army Airfield) and had a police escort into downtown New York City.

His positions in the U.S. Army culminated with his selection as the Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Task Force – Guantanamo. As the SJA for JTF-GTMO, Dr. Parke was the principal legal advisor to the Commander on all matters relating to detention and intelligence gathering operations.

Leading and mentoring a jointly staffed office comprised of six attorney and eight paralegals, Dr. Parke also acted as the primary liaison to the International Committee of the Red Cross and led the litigation support provided to the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice for ongoing habeas corpus litigation.


  • Contributing author, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Domestic WMD Incident Management Legal desk book, December 2003.
  • Joint Center for Lessons Learned, Quarterly Bulletin, Volume VI, Issue 1, December 2003.
  • "Death and Dying in Army Hospitals: The Past and Future Roles of Advance Medical Directives," The Army Lawyer, August 1994.?
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